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06-02-2020, 07:18 AM   #1
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Opinions sought: older 300 A* f4 vs the FA 300 f5.6

Reviews a little sparse (and some old) on this, wonder if there are opinions among users here. I have the former, but wondering about trading and acquiring the latter (for one thing, it has a foot, weird omission on the former...).

06-02-2020, 07:35 AM   #2
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I have the A* 300. Certainly very happy with it. Typical A* construction. Metal, solid, and heavy. Butter smooth focusing action. Much smoother than my FA 400 is in manual mode. It doesn't have a tripod foot, so I purchased a Neewer long lens support.

I've never held an FA 300 so can't really compare, but if you don't need AF, I'd have no hesitation recommending the A*.
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My FA 645 300 5.6 just arrived. As already mentioned there's no tripod foot. The lens is so small and light weight it may not need one. If it does there are options available. The FA 80-160 is heavier than this lens.

The biggest minus, for me, is the incompatibility with the 1.4X rear converter. I love the 300mm focal length on ff and crop cameras. Worried that it might seem a little short on 645. The 1.4X would fix that. The 300 f4 lenses all work with the converter, but weigh considerably more and are heavy for hiking. I don't need high speed lenses on the 645Z. The K1 will handle the wildlife shots.

I will try to post some worthy FA 645 300 5.6 pictures in the next few days.
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---------- Post added 06-02-20 at 10:45 AM ----------

Important development! The 1.4X teleconverter FITS the FA 645 300 5.6. The 300 rear element is recessed quite a bit and handles the 1.4X converter's protruding front element with ease. There is no side rubbing either. If the two play nice together optically, I'll be a very happy camper. My ultra small and light "400 ish" dream lens may be a reality. Will do some test shots and post the results.
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The A*300/4 is a realy fine lens and tak sharp from f5.6 on. It is the smallest 300 tele ever build with nice bokeh and rendering. Only flaw is the closest distance is 4m. So a extension tube 13mm or 20mm is good to have. Best the Kenko Pz-AF Uniplus tube 25 with its A-contacts.

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QuoteOriginally posted by texandrews Quote
Reviews a little sparse (and some old) on this, wonder if there are opinions among users here. I have the former, but wondering about trading and acquiring the latter (for one thing, it has a foot, weird omission on the former...).
Hi Tex,
I have the A* 300 and purchased a lens collar that was meant for a telescope, but it appears to fit the A* very well.
Also, if you are considering the FA 300MM F/5.6, then save your money and buy my FA 150-300mm f/5.6 instead -- seriously.
Hope you are well.
Yuri
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QuoteOriginally posted by yurihuta Quote
Hi Tex,
I have the A* 300 and purchased a lens collar that was meant for a telescope, but it appears to fit the A* very well.
Also, if you are considering the FA 300MM F/5.6, then save your money and buy my FA 150-300mm f/5.6 instead -- seriously.
Hope you are well.
Yuri
Thanks for reaching out, Yuri---here and by email. We'll be talking more!
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